Seattle woman fights to help Afghan orphans

There are over 8,500 orphans living in 30 different government-run orphanages in Kabul, 2019864946Afghanistan. Unlike the population of orphans found in many countries, over 50% of these children have no living relatives due to the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. However, corruption plagues the care that orphanages provide to this population. One such orphanage called Tahya e-Maskan uses young boys for “bacha bazi” or boy play which involves young boys dancing for older men, a situation that results in sexual abuse. Despite these practices, government officials fail to acknowledge that such abuse occurs. Founder of local organization PARSA, Marianne Gustavson currently works to bring awareness to this issue. Read more about her work and challenges here.

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